Hastings Storytelling Festival

Hastings Storytelling Festival has been produced by 18 Hours since 2012, bringing authors, artists and storytellers together for everyone’s entertainment

Hastings Storytelling Festival will be back in October 2024 spanning over 2 weeks.
More information coming soon.

Sir Quentin Blake, Patron of Hastings Storytelling Festival

The festival celebrates the art of storytelling through spoken word, dance, puppetry, parades, theatre, talks and digital media. Diverse and contemporary storytellers are programmed.

Festival Patron, Sir Quentin Blake, plays an active role in shaping and directing the festival.

Hastings Storytelling Festival is supported by the Arts Council England.

The Hastings Storytelling Festival 2023 is an ode to the timeless art of storytelling. It’s an opportunity to escape, create, and unite through the shared love of narratives that inspire, entertain, and provoke thought.

We invite you to experience the magic of narratives, the power of words, and the joy of shared stories. Set against the charming backdrop of Hastings, this festival is a celebration of culture, creativity, and community.

Why join us?

Enchanting Storytellers: Embark on a journey through tales spun by captivating storytellers. From local legends to international wordsmiths, their narratives will transport you to worlds both familiar and fantastical.

Vibrant Performances: Immerse yourself in a tapestry of storytelling forms – from traditional oral traditions to modern interpretations, puppetry, and more. Each performance is a unique blend of artistry and imagination.

Family-Friendly Delights: Share the wonder with your loved ones! From engaging children’s sessions to family-oriented activities, the festival offers something for storytellers of all ages.

Access for All: We believe that stories should be accessible to everyone. With a range of ticket options – including single-day passes and all-access packages – you can choose the experience that suits you best.

Cultural Fusion: Unearth tales from diverse cultures, fostering unity through the universal language of stories. Our festival celebrates the richness of human experiences from around the world.

How to Participate

Becoming a part of the Hastings Storytelling Festival is easy:

1. Plan Your Schedule and Secure Your Spot. Peruse the event schedule, highlighting the performances and workshops that resonate with you then choose from our selection of ticket options on the Hastings Storytelling Festival website below when they go on sale, ensuring you don’t miss out on this extraordinary event.

2. Spread the Word. Connect with us on social media via Facebook or Instagram below and share your excitement with friends and family so they can also join the experience.

3. Immerse Yourself. Immerse yourself fully in the festival’s ambiance. Engage with stories, connect with fellow attendees, and let your imagination run wild.

Alternatively, you can visit the Hastings Storytelling Festival Facebook page for regular updates leading up to the event:


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Storytelling unites us and unleashes our imaginations.

Artists, Hastings Storytelling Festival